An Introduction to Classical Music
Songs collected by Ana Gerhard Illustrations Claudia Legnazzi
The works of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Verdi and others, are introduced to children through the magical beings from legends and classic tales—including gnomes, fairies, witches, goblins, elves and wizards—that inspired the composers. An original and interesting way for younger listeners to discover classical music, this book pairs three centuries of music history with stunning and evocative illustrations. A glossary of musical terms, a short biography of each composer, and a brief presentation of each extraordinary character are included. The accompanying CD features 20 excerpts from various recordings performed by world-class luminaries, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, La Scala Chorus and Orchestra, and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.
• PARENTS’ CHOICE GOLD AWARD
• NATIONAL PARENTING PUBLICATIONS GOLD AWARD
Creatures of fantasy, folklore and religious tradition from the Fairy-Queen to the Firebird provide an intriguing introduction to classical music. KIRKUS REVIEWS
Pub Date: 2014
Ages: 7 to 9 / Grades 2 to 5
Keywords: Classical Music / Music History / Folklore / Fantasy
Ana Gerhard studied as a concert pianist at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City and is a renowned music educator. In addition to writing the Little Stories of Great Composers series, she is a four-time recipient of the Parents’ Choice Award for Little Creatures, Listen to the Birds and Amazing Water.
Claudia Legnazzi studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires and has illustrated children’s books for the past 25 years. She has won numerous awards, including the Argentina Book Chamber’s Album of the Year and Mexico’s International Prize for Illustrated Books. Some of her work has been acquired by the Chihiro Art Museum of Japan and belongs to its permanent collection.